Zoho Gears Up

August 21, 2007

Zoho logoTwo months ago, I blogged about Google Gears, a new Google feature that enables web services to work off-line — that is, you’d be able to use these web services without being connected to the Internet. And I exhorted my favorite on-line office suite website, Zoho, to “gear up” and make some of its services available off-line as well as on-line.

I’d love to say, “Know what? Zoho listened to me!” (And in fact, a Zoho staffer evangelist left a comment on that blog post saying “We are certainly looking into this. Thank you for your suggestion.”) But I’m more than certain that Zoho folks had already begun work on gearing up. And today, Zoho made it possible to view Zoho Writer (its on-line word-processor) documents off-line as well as on-line. In another several weeks, users will be able to use Zoho Writer off-line as well — right now, we can only view documents off-line.

Google Gears logoTo use this new feature, users would need to use Internet Explorer or Firefox with Google Gears installed.

As TechCrunch points out, it’s very ironic that Zoho Writer has incorporated off-line features before its competitor, Google Docs, did. And by using Google Gears software developed by Google itself!

Update:  Zoho just blogged about this new functionality, and baldly hinted at a new Writer feature coming up next week …

(Thanks, TechCrunch!)

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6 Responses to “Zoho Gears Up”

  1. Raju Vegesna Says:

    Ofcourse we are listening :)

    Thank you for your support.

  2. proudgeek Says:

    Haha, way to go, Raju! And thanks for listening.


  3. […] additional coverage, read: TechCrunch, Read/WriteWeb, Mashable, Proud Geek,  Open Source Guy, […]


  4. […] When Zoho introduced the offline version of their word processor, Zoho Writer, no commentators (including yours truly) missed the chance to point out the irony that the solution is based on  Google Gears, while Google’s own competing Docs do not have this capability yet. Zoho, which competes head-on with Google Docs & Spreadsheets, managed to launch offline functionality on their product before Google did. The fact that they are using Google software to do this makes the story somewhat ironic.  (TechCrunch) it’s very ironic that Zoho Writer has incorporated off-line features before its competitor, Google Docs, did. And by using Google Gears software developed by Google itself! (Proud Geek) […]


  5. […] couple months ago, I wrote that Zoho Writer had incorporated Google Gears, a handy browser add-on that makes it possible for users to still use certain webpage features even […]


  6. […] Gears is an open-source development platform that an individual user downloads for free. The program then allows applications running in the web browser to access the user’s own CPU and storage. The enables offline access to web applications and richer web applications without breaking the site owner’s infrastructure. Sites need to be optimized to work with Gears, which MySpace has done. Other sites using Gears include Google’s Reader and Documents, as well as Zoho. […]


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